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prevail

verb [I]
 
 
/prɪˈveɪl/
to get control or influence in a particular situation: prevail over sth They complained that corporate interests often prevailed over the needs of the individual.
formal to win in an argument, court case, etc.: prevail in sth If they prevail in the court case, they could receive up to $10,000 each.
to be common among a group of people or in an area at a particular time: This attitude still prevails in parts of Europe.prevail among sb Secrecy prevails among the banking lobbies.
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